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Podcast: Good Sales, High Fashion and Poor Taste

Feb 8, 2022 5:07 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... The diamond industry has got its groove back after the New Year break, with strong trading and favorable retail sales spurring optimism. In this episode of the Rapaport Diamond Podcast, the editorial team discusses whether the momentum will continue and a range of other stories that have ensured the year got off to a busy and interesting start.

The talk between Editor in Chief Sonia Esther Soltani, News editor Joshua Freedman, and Senior Analyst Avi Krawitz also focuses on the luxury sector and some important collections unveiled at Paris Fashion Week, including Boucheron’s New Maharajahs line and the shift to gender neutrality in its latest showing.

Plus, they give their take on Tiffany & Co.’s recent penchant for risk-taking after rapper Pharrell Williams arrived in Paris wearing diamond-encrusted, oval-shaped Tiffany sunglasses; industry insiders called out the jeweler for not attributing the design to a strikingly similar pair owned by a 17th-century Mughal emperor that recently appeared at auction.

Listen to the podcast here:

Discussion points:

00:07 – Introduction
02:30 – The team ponders whether the positive trading momentum will continue.
04:50 – Are designers and jewelers displaying the same optimism?
07:20 – Do jewelers get a lot of returns?
09:10 – Joshua, Sonia and Avi reveal their plans — or expectations — for Valentine’s Day.
15:30 – The discussion shifts to the performance of the luxury sector and the strength of branding.
19:15 – Sonia and Avi weigh in on the Tiffany-Pharrell Williams controversy.
23:50 – The team reviews some of the high-end collections unveiled at Paris Fashion Week.
28:00 – The three reveal what’s on their radar for the coming weeks.

This episode of the Rapaport Diamond Podcast is sponsored by De Beers Group Ignite: pioneering a new diamond world through innovation.
Tags: Avi Krawitz, boucheron, diamonds, Jewelry, Joshua Freedman, New Maharajahs, paris fashion week, Pharrell Williams, Rapaport, Rapaport News, Sonia Esther Soltani , Tiffany & CO.
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